The abandoned former aviation factory hangar between Kaunas’ Europe Avenue and Lakūnai Motorway will change beyond recognition. The first building for a newly forming innovation park will be built here, adapted to the needs of contemporary business and science. On commission by Kaunas city municipality, the former aviation factory hangar reconstruction project is being implemented by UAB Maspro, which won the design service tender.
Currently, the territory where the modern building will go is completely abandoned. The reconstructed former hangar will become the core, which will be surrounded by the upcoming innovation park.
According to UAB Maspro project coordinator Gabrielė Šliurpaitė, the project stands out not only because it is to be built based on the principles of sustainability but also due to the planned modern technology implementation, which will attract businesses that create high added value.
“The conversion method where existing buildings or their “carcasses” are reborn is inherently far more sustainable and environmentally friendly than building from scratch. I have no doubt that the former hangar building will become one of the best conversion examples in Lithuania. The building itself will also stand out in terms of sustainability. The planned building will be of the particularly high A++ energy efficiency class. The premise’s microclimate will be maintained by exceptional heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, as well as cold machines, which have not been used before in Lithuania. Thus, even pharmaceutical, biotech, advanced therapy pharmacy, mechanical component, optical coating, scientific electronic device and device prototyping companies will be able to settle down here,” Gabrielė Šliurpaitė says.
The project will not only make the utmost use of the building’s existing spaces and volume, but it will also create an extra 4,000 square metres of premises. After reconstruction, the building’s combined area will reach over 10,805 square metres. The designed spaces in the building will be dedicated to low pollution manufacturing and its development. The plan is for the building to house five companies performing different activities, and the spaces will be tailored to their personal needs.
The building’s surrounding landscape will also be rearranged. For the convenience of staff and visitors, recreation and resting spaces, a convenient accessway, car parking and bike lanes have been included in the plans.
It is expected that during the reconstruction of the abandoned former aviation factory hangar, Kaunas city will attract significant investments to all of Lithuania and create new jobs in the innovative, high added value-creating industry sector.